Workshop Tip: Manage a cord and hose with a single clamp
I connect my sander (and router) to a small vacuum, which keeps dust out of the way and out of my airways. But the vacuum hose and tool cord can be cumbersome, hanging up on the edge of the bench and dragging on the tool. To solve this issue, I secure a short parallel-jaw clamp upside down on the edge of my bench, wrap a bungee cord twice around the hose and cord, and hook it through the hole at the end of the clamp bar. After that, the power tool floats easily over the workpiece, and I have both hands free.
—Willie Sandry, Camas, Wash.